We’re very excited to introduce our speakers for this event!
HCD Consultant, HCDExchange
Rimjhim Surana is the HCD Consultant at HCDExchange. Using a human-centered design approach, she has led strategy and design projects primarily in the women’s sexual and reproductive health, women’s livelihoods, and education domains. Through her experience in design studios in India, she has worked on HCD focused projects for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Population Services International, Packard Foundation, and IPAS Development Foundation. She holds a Masters of Research in Communication Design from the Royal College of Art, London.
Dr Tracy Johnson
Senior Program Officer, Global Delivery Programs’ Insights, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Dr Tracy Johnson is a Senior Program Officer on the Global Delivery Programs’ Insights Team. In this role, she leads a portfolio of investments designed to bring an interdisciplinary approach to illuminate why people (particularly women and their families) seek, receive, and provide health care as a means to facilitate behavior change.
Public Health Consultant
Mary Philips is a public health professional with ten years of experience. She led the design and
learning team for PSI Ethiopia for three years, helping to develop new program components using an HCD approach. She is currently an independent consultant based in Lyon, France where she is taking immersive French.
Project Director, HCDExchange
Muthoni Wachira is HCDExchange Project Director. She is an experienced Global Health professional and advocate for women’s rights and sexual and reproductive health in Africa and globally. She has over 15 years of experience working in large and small scale SRHR projects, ranging from COVID response, humanitarian projects, and HIV service delivery. Other previous roles were primarily focused on Research Monitoring and Evaluation of public health programs.
In her current role at the HCDExchange, she is keen on supporting the application of human-centered design in ASRH programs as an approach that has promise in improving adolescent health outcomes. She holds a Master of Business Administration specializing in strategic management from the University of Nairobi.
Design Strategist, TinkerLabs
Meru Vashisht is a human-centered designer, writer and change-maker. As a Design Strategist at TinkerLabs, she works at the intersection of gender and youth, deriving insights and design directions from qualitative research conducted in complex social challenges.
She has used HCD towards the larger goal of gender equality while working across sectors like sexual health, migration, women entrepreneurship, employment generation, livelihood and domestic abuse. She also actively contributes towards taking HCD to adolescents and youth. Meru served as the Quality and Standards Associate with the HCDExchange Youth Leadership Hub from 2021 to 2022.
Lead Creative Strategist, Scope Impact
Andy Awiti works with interdisciplinary teams to identify insights on communities of interests, develop concepts to broaden diversity of voices around issues, and most recently exploring and framing public and policy discourse around critical issues and decisions surrounding contraception and cervical health.